President Donald Trump’s last-minute legal bid to overturn the 2020 election result in Georgia was denied by a federal judge on Tuesday.
Ruling from the bench, U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen rejected the president’s request for an emergency injunction to order the state legislature to choose a new slate of electors before the mandated congressional count takes place on January 6.
The lawsuit was filed by Trump on New Year’s Eve and accused Georgia officials of violating the state’s election code in the handling and counting of mail-in ballots. The lawsuit also alleged state leaders conducted an “improper certification of elections.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, two Republican officials who have been attacked by Trump post-election, said in a court filing that Trump’s requests were “absurd.” The duo also said this latest lawsuit was the result of a “manufactured crisis.”
Georgia has conducted numerous audits of the 2020 election, all of which found no evidence of widespread voter fraud. The state has now certified President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral win on two occasions.
The ruling from Judge Cohen comes just days after a recording of a phone call released by The Washington Post revealed the president pressured Raffensperger on Saturday to change the state’s 2020 election results.
“All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state,” Trump said. The president lost the race in Georgia to Biden by 11,779 votes.
Trump repeated the baseless allegations of fraud numerous times during a rally in Dalton, Georgia, on Monday night. The president visited the Peach State to campaign for Republican senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue ahead of Tuesday’s runoff elections.
“Hello, Georgia. By the way, there is no way we lost Georgia. There’s no way,” Trump said as soon as he took the stage. “That was a rigged election. But we are still fighting it.”
The president also berated members of Congress who have accepted Biden’s victory, telling the crowd: “People will remember the people who don’t support us.”
Trump and his Republican allies have launched dozens of lawsuits in key battleground states attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Nearly all of them have failed
Congress will meet on Wednesday to count the electoral votes that will affirm Biden is the next president of the United States. The event, which is largely ceremonial, has made headlines as many Republicans say they will reject the Electoral College—which met last month and voted 306-232 in favor of Biden.
Trump has repeatedly suggested that Vice President Mike Pence, who will preside over Wednesday’s count as president of the Senate, has the power to reject electors. But legal experts have said that is not the case and that the vice president has no power in deciding which votes count.
“I hope Mike Pence comes through for us, I have to tell you,” Trump said at the rally on Monday night. “I hope that our great vice president, our great vice president comes through for us…because if he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much.”
Biden, who is due to be sworn in on January 20, joked on Monday that he won Georgia three times as he campaigned on behalf of Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
“You voted in record numbers in November, your voices were heard, your votes were counted. The will of the people prevailed, we won three times here,” Biden said at a drive-in rally.
Newsweek reached out to the White House and the Trump campaign for comment on Judge Cohen’s decision but did not receive a response prior to publication.